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06/28/07:  Sunset view of the Cooper River Bridge in Charleston, SC. The bridge, also called the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, is a cable-stayed bridge over the Cooper River in South Carolina. The eight-lane bridge connects downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. ..When it opened in 2005, the Cooper River Bridge replaced two obsolete cantilever truss bridges. With a main span of 1,546 feet (471 m), the bridge is longest among cable-stayed bridges in the Western Hemisphere and currently is the longest cable stay bridge on the East Coast of the United States. It was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff. ..